Tourists often overlook the Lincoln Cathedral (also known in monikers such as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln), but it’ s actually one of the most enjoyable cathedrals to visit in the U.K. Any lover of Gothic architecture’ s attention to detail will certainly be tested by the numerous facets that this spectacular cathedral has. It is indeed a towering achievement, both literally and figuratively, in English architecture.
1. The Lincoln Cathedral
History of the Lincoln Cathedral
The cathedral dates as far back as the 12th century. A testament to its Norman origins is the fact that it was William the Conqueror himself who ordered that it be the first cathedral built on English soil, particularly in Lincoln. Bishop Remigius, also a Norman, began to lay its foundations in 1072, explicitly tasking Norman masons to build it.
2. Details of the Cathedral’s Eastern Tower
The original Lincoln Cathedral was officially completed and consecrated in 1092. From then on, it will undergo a series of destruction (due to a great fire and an equally big earthquake), subsequent repair, and expansion.
3. Panoramic View from One of the Cathedral’s Towers
Every time an expansion is done, it is usually the eastern portion of the cathedral that is modified. The years 1215-1255 are worth noting since it was during those times that the Cathedral’s chapter house and transept were incorporated and work on the central tower began.
4. The Cathedral’s Magnificent Facade
Afterward, one of the Cathedral’s defining features, the Angel Choir, was built as a dedication to St. Hugh of Avalon. Ultimately, it’s not until 1280 that the cathedral’s present-day structure was finished.
5. Birds Eye View of the Cathedra
Work on the central tower was completed in the early parts of the 14th century. The cathedral initially had spires, but they were removed in around 1807 due to the risk of collapsing (the central steeples had already collapsed earlier in 1548).
6. A Back View of the Cathedral’s Eastern and Western Tower
The Lincoln Imp
One of the most noteworthy aspects of the Cathedral is the Lincoln Imp. It has a fascinating history that is shrouded in legend. According to one title that dates back to the 14th century, two imps entered the cathedral and began causing mayhem, extending their mischief even to the Bishop himself.
7. Back View of the Cathedral
Once they reached the Angel Choir, an angel suddenly manifested and chastised the imps. One imp would not listen, though, and didn’t hesitate to attack the angel as well. It climbed one of the stone pillars and began hurling rocks at the angel while the other simply hid in fear under the tables. The attacking imp was instantly turned to stone by the angel, while the other was allowed to escape.
8. Close-up View of the Cathedral’s Organ Which Dates Back to 1898
It is believed by some that it is the very imp that was turned to stone that can still be viewed in the Angel Choir. Others interpret the Lincoln Imp as the representation of the ubiquity of evil, and why people should always be vigilant about the dangers of sinfulness.
9. Emphasizing the Cathedral’s Norman Arches
Things You Can Do
The sheer amount of detail that the Lincoln Cathedral offers is enough to keep any tourist or architecture enthusiast engaged. If you want to get to know more about each aspect of the Cathedral, then don’t hesitate to partake of its various tours like the:
- Floor Tour – This is recommended for people who want to learn more about the Cathedral’s history, stories, and architecture. It lasts for approximately 1 hour and is suitable for everyone.
- Tower Tour – This is a limited tour that runs from April to October. It allows visitors to climb the Cathedral’s highest tower (which is around 338 steps) and get an outstanding view of the locality.
- Roof Tour – If you want a better view of the Cathedral’s glass windows and also get a good view of the surrounding area, then this tour is for you. It lasts for an hour and a half.
The Cathedral is also known for its Wren library, which houses a collection of books that date back to the 15th century. It is well worth visiting this library as it’s considered one of the most beautiful rooms in the U.K.
The cathedral is replete with facilities that would make it easy for tourists to conduct their visit. From the get-go, there is staff in the reception and ticketing area who would guide you through the activities you can do. For anyone looking to bring home souvenirs, there is ready gift shop available. Public toilets are readily accessible as well and should hunger and thirst strike you, the refectory coffee shop would be more than willing to satiate it with the superb food and drink items they have for sale.
10. Exquisite View of The Cathedral in Late Afternoon with the Local Countryside in the Foreground
That being said, it visiting the Lincoln Cathedral is well worth it because of the beauty, art, and history that you would be immersed in. It’s also an excellent introduction to the warm local community of Lincoln. However, ultimately, it is the stunning architecture that you can revel at that provides you with an inimitably memorable experience.